Africa Foundation USA works with communities towards improvement in various key areas in countries on the African continent. The operational aim of the foundation is based on a business model typical of a safari lodge, whereby the communities around wildlife conservation areas are involved and developed. The long-term relationships that are developed with the communities in which the foundation operates are what ensure longevity of projects. When members of the communities become actively involved with projects it creates sustainability. Even when Africa Foundation is no longer involved, the local population takes ownership and continues with the project. This is what attracts and secures the backing of the foundation’s many loyal patrons.
The foundation operates from the USA and is partnered with sister foundations in the UK and South Africa
Projects are found in over 40 communities in the following Africa countries:
Projects are identified, funded and built in the following key areas: • Education • Healthcare • Clean water • Income generating activities • Wildlife • Environmental care
Grants made by All of Africa Foundation (USA) are facilitated by invitation alone. Unsolicited grant proposals are by no means considered. Before funding needs are identified, an in-depth consultation has to take place. Local communities become involved at this stage to ensure that the projects are sustainable through long-term community cooperation and active involvement. Only organisations with top quality management and excellent donor relationships are considered. It is essential that in-depth feedback and measurable results can be made available.
Several large scale projects have been completed by Africa Foundation USA. These include: • Building more than 170 school classrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, media centres, libraries and accommodation for teachers. • Building 25 pre-schools • Building six day-care centres for vulnerable children and orphans. • Providing training in environmental awareness to more than 500 teachers and 7,000 students. • Awarding scholarships for university to more than 250 future community leaders. • Building and supporting four health clinics in rural areas. • Funding water relief programs. • Providing over 25,000 school children with access to portable water. • Establishing community food gardens. • Various HIV/Aids initiatives.
Africa Foundation was founded in 1992, at the same time as Conservation Corporation Africa was launched in South Africa. The foundation is primarily partnered with Africa Foundation SA and Africa Foundation UK. It is also supported by organisations such as andBeyond, Serco Group Plc, HSBC, The Arbib Foundation, WEXAS Travel Foundation and The Fuserna Foundation.